Thursday, March 15, 2007

Faith and Begorrah, say it ain't so

Sales of the defining drink of Ireland, Guinness, is on the wane in the Emerald Isle. The Irish are drinking wine and imported beer instead? Oh the sacrilege. How could they forsake a drink that's not just a beer, but a virtual meal in a glass?

When I think about how hard we worked to get the local bars in lovely downtown Noho to carry it on tap... Sure it's heavy and bitter but it's a refreshment that expands your consciouness more like LSD, than a drink that leaves you unconscious at the end of the night.

Fortunately, it doesn't appear the brewer is much trouble. Sales at home may be flat as a two hour old pint of Budweiser, but foreign demand is likely to keep the muddy brown beer trickling agonizingly slowly out of the tap for the foreseeable future.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

ireland has a kick ass economy, as a result there is a desire for imported stuff. newcastle is going through the same thing.

12:51:00 PM  
Blogger Libby Spencer said...

As long as they don't stop brewing it, it's okay with me Lester, but I can't believe the Irish would give up a tradition like that.

9:30:00 PM  
Blogger Capt. Fogg said...

Really sad. One of the things I have liked best about Ireland is the Guinness, the pride and the lack of pretense.

Are they just as easily seduced by the pseudo-romantic, faux bohemianism that spawned Starbucks and the malignant metastasis of the word "Tuscan" as we are?

Even the English are drinking B*dweiser now - because it's foreign, and foreign is better, even when it's much worse.


11:05:00 AM  
Blogger Libby Spencer said...

It's very sad, isn't it Fogg?

12:42:00 PM  
Blogger Capt. Fogg said...

Life is sad - maybe that's why we have beer.

Anyway, I'll be in England next week and I will be drinking the local stuff.

Friends don't let friends drink B*dweiser.

4:15:00 PM  
Blogger Libby Spencer said...

LOL. Well said and have a safe trip.

4:28:00 PM  

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